A Guide to Dream Interpretation

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"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards."

  –Lewis Carroll



"Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see."

–Carl Jung



Reality looks to you and I like a linear progression of cause and effect events, but is it really? Jung coined the term synchronicity to define the phenomenon of events that are not connected by anything physical, but by meaning. According to Jung, seemingly "chance" events may be the unconscious challenging us to percieve the universe in a new way—to see an interconnectedness that we were heretofore unaware of.


When seeming coincidences occur we often assume they are unconnected, or unrelated, certainly acausal, but are they? What if it was our linear perceiving brains, created out of the need to survive, that cause the sense of linearality? Does a+b —> c (with a and b being the causal events leading to the effect c) always have to be the formula for "what is?" Could c—> a+b, or could c, a, and b all be part of the same thing and not separate events?


Could what looks synchronistic— e.g. two or more things that are acausal in nature and have no seeming connection, but seem to be related— be purely a function of the observer and have no real separation in reality? Could it be that the relationship is always there, and that it's the increased "awareness" of the observer that makes the "connection" from what appears to be opposites—a duality—to a synchronicity?


Life may actually be a synchronous event in that when we look back we see all the seeming incontinuities of our life that are like a story written by some great novelist who brings together all these disparate events to shape the well coordinated end we presently experience—each event and decision forming a path toward the final chapter—bringing order out of seeming chaos. This is what we might call our personal myth. 

For me this brings a new meaning to Max Ehrmann's prose poem Desiderata, "And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."

The Dream Dragon Blog also discusses the concept of synchronicity:



Some say that there is also a link to psychic abilities e.g. the paranormal and synchronicity and suggest that there is a core reality to which we are all connected and have access. Click on the parchment and jump down the rabbit hole and into the world of the paranormal 



The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield (Warner Books, 1993) is a wonderful source for trying to understand the concept of synchronicity/coincidence.



Below is another site that catalogs a number of interesting resources concerning synchronicity in support of and critical:



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